Arlene Kutz

Arlene Barbara Kutz (Clarke)

Friday, June 6th, 1941 - Monday, November 25th, 2019
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Arlene Barbara Clarke Kutz, born June 6, 1941 in Jersey City, NJ to the late Jacob Brand Clarke and the late Edna Schmitt Clarke, passed peacefully surrounded by her beloved family November 25, 2019 in Columbia, MD.

Mrs. Kutz spent her early educational years in New Jersey graduating from Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ. She went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree with dual majors in Home Economics and English from the University of Delaware and her Master of Education degree from the University of Maryland. She followed that with additional graduate studies at Loyola College. She enjoyed a 30-year teaching career, 28 of those years with the Howard County Public School System. She started her career at De La Warr High School in New Castle, DE, before moving onto Wilde Lake High School and Oakland Mils High School, both in Columbia, MD. She received a number of awards during her career: Teacher of the Year, Evening of Excellence Award and Favorite Teacher Award just to name a few. She was also a life member of the Maryland PTA.

On February 2, 1963 she married Frederick W. Kutz, and they enjoyed a long happy marriage having two children, Mark and Heather. Mrs. Kutz had many hobbies, including knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed musical theater as well as playing the cello. She volunteered as Coordinator of the Howard County Chapter of Project Linus for many years. During her tenure with Project Linus, she donated almost 1,000 blankets to children in need. She retired from teaching in June of 2001.

Mrs. Kutz is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Dr. Frederick W. Kutz, beloved children, Mark Douglas Kutz and his wife Laura and Heather Lynn Kutz Pryor and her husband Dean, cherished grandchildren Andrew Jacob and Jason Patrick Kutz, and Lucas Ryan and Jackson Frederick Pryor. She is also survived by her sister Joyce Clarke Hedgepath, sister-in-law Sue Fox Clarke and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, George Robert Clarke.

The family requests that in lieu of cards and flowers, donations be made to Project Linus Annapolis/Howard County Chapter, 575 Kevins Drive, Arnold, MD 21012. Please note on check that contribution is made in memory of Arlene Kutz.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday January 18, 2020 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia, MD 21044
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    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 1:30pm
    Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
    10431 Twin Rivers Road
    Columbia 21044
    A Celebration of Life is from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Interment

    Interment is Private at the request of the family


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Teresa Galligan

Posted at 04:54pm
Sending my sincere condolences to Dr. Fred Kutz and Arlene's children and grandchildren I had the please to work with Arlene as a physical therapist numerous times over the years. I always enjoyed having her as a patient and the friendship we developed over the years. She was a smart, kind and funny woman and she will be greatly missed. She was passionate about project Linus and I have made a donation there in her memory. Rest in Peace. Terri Galligan

Marcia Halcomb

Posted at 04:19pm
Condolences to Arlene's family. I worked with Arlene at Oakland Mills High School and at Project Linus. My strongest impression of her is that she loved children and worked tirelessly to help, comfort and influence their lives for the better. She was fun to be around and her sharp wit kept everyone laughing. She is missed.

Claudia W. Friend

Posted at 04:28pm
Arlene was a favorite teacher of our 4 children Kerstin. Larry, Greg & Tim Julian FRIEND at Wilde Lake H S. In 1980 Larry and seniors were treated to a trip to the Kutz beach home in O C. I see a photo above of that beach trip. I enjoyed visiting with Arlene here at Vantage Point Independent Living for the last 2 years. We will all miss her very much! Claudia W. Friend

Terri Vernon

Posted at 11:14am
Mrs. Kutz had a big impact on my life and was my most memorable teacher. Because of her tutelage, I have the capacity to write flowing prose singing her praises, but I find myself at a loss for words. But, I remember her wall of oxymorons, her humor - "You're a good egg, as far as eggs run, but who wants a runny egg anyway!" And a ton of other memories. I was very sorry to hear of her passing; she really did touch the lives of many students and others. Rest in peace, Mrs. Kutz.

Tuan Nguyen

Posted at 10:22pm
In loving memory of Arlene Kutz who was a wonderful educator to many!
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